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Thread: Hi, my name is Gretchen and I am a Sewing Machineaholic!

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    Hi, my name is Gretchen and I am a Sewing Machineaholic!

    There I said it, and I am PROUD!! I've had 2 superb outings in the past month... I found my 15-91, my Elna, and a just too cute "little" Kenmore one weekend. This past weekend well I found my 301 and my 401A - these have been on my list since I started .... I also came across a Meister - what can I say it intrigued me! Now I need to take some time to clean them up and do some research, I'm trying to put binders together for each of the machines just to have...
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    Wow! Very nice. Have fun with these beauties.

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    Is the one in the way back the little Kenmore? I love little Kenmores and Wards machines; can quilt with them without a walking foot. That is one mighty fine selection. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yobrosew View Post
    Is the one in the way back the little Kenmore? I love little Kenmores and Wards machines; can quilt with them without a walking foot. That is one mighty fine selection. Enjoy!
    Yes, the last machine in the row is the little Kenmore, it was sitting in a corner at an estate sale with a baggie tied to the case handle... I just knew it was a sewing machine! Name:  Sears-Kenmore 1 (2).JPG
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    I have one of those little Kenmores, a 158.1050. Yours looks to be a 1030 or 1040. I used to have a 1040 but I sold it to my former surpervisor for her daughter to use for 4-H sewing - went to a good home. They are a great machine. I have a full-sized Kenmore of the same age I got for my HS graduation gift, I wish they had bought me one of these cute little ones instead!

    I have a .pdf manual I could send you if you did not get one with the machine.

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    We had or maybe still do somewhere one of those little Kenmore.

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    Hi Gretchen!
    Admitting you have an addiction is the first step.

    You might want to embroider the Sewing Machine addicts prayer onto a throw pillow...

    God, grant me the serenity to pass on the machines I cannot save,

    The courage to save the machines I can,

    The wisdom to know the difference,
    And forgive me for ignoring the first one from time to time
    :-)

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    ohhhhh, I need this.

    Welcome to the crew Gretchen!
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    There is no cure for your disease.
    The disease is communicable.
    The disease is not fatal.
    There is a twelve step program towards reconciling yourself to the disease; and I can see by your photo that you are five steps into that already.
    The next seven steps? Up to you, but I do recommend a Featherweight, a Pink Atlas, a Grasshopper, a handcrank of sorts... but really it is up to you. It's your disease.

    ;-)
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    Lew! That was awesome!

    Sewing Machine addicts prayer:
    God, grant me the serenity to pass on the machines I cannot save,
    The courage to save the machines I can,
    The wisdom to know the difference,

    And forgive me for ignoring the first one from time to time

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    Oh, u got a BLACK 301! Nice! I am keeping my eyes open for one.

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    nice start you got going there - I just converted my dining room into my quilting room so I'd have more floor space in my sewing room for sewing machines! And I've got 6 in the living room and three in the bedroom too. I also have SMAD (sewing machine attachment disorder). I've got attachments for machines I probably will never own. I think Greist made them in about 45 different styles . . .

    That prayer is great!

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    Gretchen, My goodness- you certainly jumped into the deep end with both feet! I'm quite impressed. Sure we can't entice you to dabble in the treadle section as well?

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    Yeah - treadles - that's the ticket!
    I'm going to pick up my first treadle tomorrow....I'm sure I'll be fine ...I only want just this one....
    yeah....treadles....C'Mon Gretchen.....
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    i must say your collection is colorful! And artfully arranged for their photo shoot. The little Kenmore is in TERRIFIC shape, as is the darling case it's with.

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    too funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    nice start you got going there ...
    I also have SMAD (sewing machine attachment disorder).
    Too right. That 301 made me research their availability here is Australia. It seems they are extremely rare (I've never seen one).

    I thought the A in SMAD was for addiction, but neither is a disorder surely.
    Surrounded by lovely old machines, I feel very ordered indeed, so maybe I don't have it (yes that's denial).
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    Sewing Machine Addiction Denial?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Schiller View Post
    Hi Gretchen!
    Admitting you have an addiction is the first step.

    You might want to embroider the Sewing Machine addicts prayer onto a throw pillow...

    God, grant me the serenity to pass on the machines I cannot save,
    The courage to save the machines I can,
    The wisdom to know the difference,
    And forgive me for ignoring the first one from time to time

    :-)
    I LOVE IT!!!!!

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    My GOAL is to ALWAYS ENJOY EVERY STEP of the quilting process....

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    Welcome to the "club"! I can't believe you found those machines in my state! I would have been all over them if I had found them! But, alas, I live on the other end of the state, so we won't be in competition. Congrats on your addiction, I mean your great finds!
    Linda
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    I would like to see a picture of your Meister. I bought one last summer and love it. The stitches are so nice and even. My machine looks like new. There aren't many around. If you could post a picture of yours I would appreciate it.
    Thanks Dixie
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    Oh, WOW!!! What a gorgeous collection.

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    Saw one of these the other day. Not as nice looking as yours and they wanted $150.00 with out the attachments. Case was cracked and had duct tape on it. We just have nothing here in good/decent shape at a decent price.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gretchen View Post
    Yes, the last machine in the row is the little Kenmore, it was sitting in a corner at an estate sale with a baggie tied to the case handle... I just knew it was a sewing machine! Name:  Sears-Kenmore 1 (2).JPG
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    Awesome!!!

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    Really like all of your machines.
    I don't know how to do that.....YET!
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